Non Custodial Sentence for Nurse Convicted of Fraud
Fiona Robertson secured a community order for a nurse convicted of two counts of fraud by false representation. The defendant had declared that she did not have previous convictions and provided a false date of birth on a job application to avoid Disclosure and Barring Service checks. Had the correct details been provided, the employer would have been made aware that the defendant had a string of dishonesty convictions relating to the use of false information. The defendant had provided false information as a means to make a gain for herself.
The use of fraudulent information to secure employment and avoid DBS checks, particularly in the health profession, is seen as particularly serious by the courts. Following mitigation the defendant was sentenced to a community order with unpaid work.